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Australia
Coleman Greig Lawyers
Australia has closed its borders to travellers who have been in mainland China on or after 1 February 2020.
Canada
Immigration.ca
January 22, 2020 - Canada immigration authorities issued 3,400 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in the second Express Entry draw of 2020 as CRS score falls to 471.
Immigration.ca
January 21, 2020 - Ontario issued a total of 7,391 nominations through the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program in 2019.
Immigration.ca
January 20, 2020 - Prince Edward Island has released 2020 draw dates for its Expression of Interest system.
Immigration.ca
December 19, 2019 - British Columbia immigration has issued the most invitations on record in the latest draw through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program.
Immigration.ca
December 19, 2019 - Canada immigration authorities have conducted a second Express Entry draw in eight days, issuing Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to 3,200 candidates with the lowest CRS score of 469.
Immigration.ca
December 19, 2019 - Ontario has announced the launch of a new Regional Immigration Pilot designed to attract newcomers to smaller communities.
China
DeHeng Law Offices
2020年1月25日,中国旅行社协会官方发布消息:即日起,全国旅行社及在线旅游企业暂停经营团队旅游及"机票+酒店"产品。已出行的旅游团队,可
Fragomen
Highly-skilled foreign nationals who seek to work for qualifying companies in Shanghai can now apply for and obtain a work ...
Fragomen
The National Immigration Administration (NIA) in China has issued a public announcement to expand the 144-hour transit visa exemption to more ports and areas for nationals from 53 countries. The expanded policy will be effective December 1, 2019
Fragomen
The policies are meant to attract skilled foreign nationals to China and to ease requirements for foreign nationals in China.
Hong Kong
Fragomen
All rail and ferry service to and from Mainland China will be suspended.
Fragomen
Ongoing events in Hong Kong have caused travel disruptions at the Hong Kong Airport, however immigration processing has not been affected at this time.
India
STA Law Firm
The Indian Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 came into force on 10th January 2020 and was passed by the Parliament.
Fragomen
The Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has published a rule requiring foreign nationals of Indian origin seeking to apply for an Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) Card to have lived in India
Fragomen
The government is expected to announce the changes and related details shortly.
Fragomen
Confirming earlier reports, the Ministry of Home Affairs of India has streamlined and consolidated many visa categories.
Indonesia
Fragomen
The Indonesian Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has issued a regulation delineating the job titles available to foreign workers for which their Indonesian employers can apply under their Foreign Manpower Utilization Plan (RPTKA) application.
Fragomen
In the run-up to our upcoming APAC Immigration Conference 'Managing Immigration in the Age of Disruption', we wanted to take a closer look at several of the countries that we cover from within the region ...
Japan
Fragomen
Foreign nationals in Japan who hold Temporary Visitor Visas can no longer apply to change their status to a Long-Term Work ...
Fragomen
Japan's immigration system has long been a fascinating study of paradox. On the one hand, it contains the streamlined processes and relatively quick processing times of what one might expect from a modern immigration system.
Fragomen
A new employer-sponsored subcategory of the Designated Activities (DA) work visa has been introduced in Japan that expands the available work options for foreign graduates of universities in Japan.
Kazakhstan
Fragomen
The Kazakhstan government has implemented several policy changes that reduce administrative entry processes.
Malaysia
Fakhoury Global Immigration
MSC Malaysia status and ICT companies who are registered with the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) can start to apply for their 2020 Foreign Knowledge Worker
Fakhoury Global Immigration
Applications must be made online via the ESD portal with the company's login ID.
Mongolia
GRATA International
Parliament of Mongolia had adopted the Law on the Legal Status of Foreign Nationals on 08 July 2010. According to this law
New Zealand
Discus Holdings
New Zealand offers permanent resident status through its attractive Investor and Investor Plus Programs.
Cavell Leitch
The Parent resident visa category is due to reopen New Zealand in February 2020, with updated qualifying criteria.
Fakhoury Global Immigration
This involves mandatory accreditation of all employers seeking to support work visa applications.
Fakhoury Global Immigration
This is a positive update for employers looking to hire individuals working in the impacted occupations, listed below.
Duncan Cotterill
The two tier visa system is changing to a single system and there are new increased financial requirements to meet.
Fragomen
The government will implement the following changes to the Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa scheme, a visa only available to accredited employer
Duncan Cotterill
The fundamental and challenging aspect of partnership visa applications is relationship evidence that must be provided.
Duncan Cotterill
Due to increasing numbers and for added security at the borders, the NZ Government will collect more visitor information.
Cavell Leitch
The minimum income requirements for some visa categories have recently been increased. Why? What? Who is impacted?
Philippines
Fragomen
Foreign nationals holding a valid Alien Certificate of Registration Identity Card (ACR I-Card), such as long-term work visa holders in the Philippines, must appear at a Bureau of Immigration (BI)
Fragomen
The expounded list of activities has clarified and formalized the activities that will require work authorisation.
Fragomen
the Philippines, applicants for the 47(a)(2) Special Non-Immigrant Visa seeking to start work during the processing of their long-term work visa must now apply for a Provisional Work Permit
Singapore
Fragomen
Looking ahead Fragomen is tracking the various travel bans and restrictions in the Asia-Pacific region.
Fragomen
The Ministry of Manpower in Singapore has implemented stricter documentary requirements for foreign nationals applying for initial and renewal Employment Passes
South Korea
Fakhoury Global Immigration
The Korean national Assembly is debating tougher penalties for the employers of illegal residents. For those voluntarily reporting illegal residence by February 28, 2020, penalties will be reduced
Fakhoury Global Immigration
Effective November 18, 2019, the authorities will no longer process a foreign national's VIN and/or ARC extension until the host companies tax payments are up to date.
Fragomen
While walking the streets of Seoul, South Korea's energetic capital, it was fascinating to see the contrast between its centuries-old palaces set against a backdrop of modern high-rise buildings.
Thailand
Fragomen
Immigration authorities at both the One Stop Service Center and the Immigration Bureau in Chaengwattana are requesting additional documentation to support long-term visa extensions and renewals.
Frank Legal & Tax
The TM30 form is an obligation for any house owner, possessor of a dwelling place or a hotel manager ("Hosts") to declare a foreigner residing on his property...
Fragomen
The Immigration Bureau, One-Stop Service Center and Provincial Immigration Offices in Thailand now require nationals of 47 African countries
Vietnam
Fakhoury Global Immigration
Amendments to the Law on Entry, Exit, Transit and Residence of Foreigners will come into effect on July 1, 2020. Furthermore, a new labor code will come into effect on January 1, 2021
Fragomen
Changes to both the immigration laws and, separately, the Labor Code are expected in Vietnam.
Dentons
Citizens of New Zealand and the United States making a business investment in the other country or engaging in trade between the two countries are now eligible for new immigration benefits.
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